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How to Train your Dragon

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[Foolish Insight, 2017-09-26]Dragon. Mythical, mystical, mysterious, powerful.Remember Bruce Lee in ‘Enter the Dragon’? Daenerys, the mother of the 3 dragons, in the ‘Game of Thrones’? Dragons symbolize wisdom, longevity, sexuality, fertility, procreation, and regeneration. They are seen as mythical beings having magical powers. They are also symbolic of life, growth, existence and prosperity. The ancient Chinese regarded the dragon as the most potent of all symbols of energy and good fortune.They believed that dragons bring them luck, prosperity, abundance, consistent success and high achievement.It was said that Dragons represent potent propitious powers, especially control over rainfall, floods and hurricanes. Today, the dragon is still a very popular symbol that stands for valiance, heroism, boldness, self-confidence, power, excellence, perseverance, nobility, vitality and happiness. It brings about physical as well as spiritual well-being and strength. The Dragon is also related to the spring season and is representative of auspiciousness and new beginnings. Together with the Phoenix, the dragon symbolizes perfect balance. The dragon is a symbol of Yang and the phoenix of Yin and their union is representative of good luck, success, love and enlightenment.Andrew’s Chinese name also has ‘Dragon’ in it. So, when I first knew him, he is obsessed with anything ‘Dragon’. Shirts, statues, movies. The power of the Dragon is a reminder of what his name means. That he is meant to do great things. This isn’t about the movie. It is about training the ‘Dragon’ inside you.Everyone of us are meant to do something great. It is our self limiting beliefs, our lowered expectations, that’s preventing us from being our best self. The fastest way to failing in life is not to set goals that are too high and missed it, but set goals that are too low and hit it. Here’s what I mean.In 1994, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen finished writing their first book together. And they set a goal to sell 1.5 Million copies by December 30th, 1994, basically by the end of the year. Now they were laughed at by even their own publisher and pretty much everyone else. But they persisted, they kept promoting and going to interviews and book signing and they kept taking action towards their goal. By the deadline in 1994, they sold 1.3 Million copies of the book Chicken Soup for the Soul. Now have they missed their goal? Sure. They missed it by a whooping 200,000 copies. But did they really fail? Of course not. Had they set a goal to sell less books, let’s say, 100000 copies. How many copies would they have sold? Probably a lot less. Because they would’ve stopped working towards it once they had sold 100,000 copies and have actually met their much lower goal. Let me say that again. The worst thing that could hurt your ambition is to set a goal that is too low, and hit your goal.[Tweet this] You then reward yourself for doing a mediocre job. And then homeostasis kicks in, and then you stay in the same position for the rest of your life. But that’s not what you…